Need an early warning signal that shelter cats may be getting sick? Here’s a simple one

March 23, 2017

Eating and eliminating correlated strongly with overall behavioral wellness. Two simple metrics to measure that can be red flags for cats that are failing to adapt. Wouldn’t you like an early-warning signal that a cat in your shelter isn’t adapting, and may be about to head into a bout of stress-related illness? “Eating and eliminating […]

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Webinar: Small Changes, Big Results for Cats

March 16, 2017

Does the thought of making effective changes in how your shelter handles cats seem overwhelming? Maybe it’s time to think small. When the open admission MSPCA made one seemingly small, easy-to-implement change, the positive impacts on intake and adoptions were immediate. What’s more, the change helped staff and volunteers innovate new adoption promotions and develop […]

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On March 15, North American animal shelters will have saved 750,000 cats as part of the Million Cat Challenge!

March 8, 2017

Back in 2014, it seemed like a particularly bold goal: To save the lives of 1 million North American shelter cats within five years. But today, the Million Cat Challenge is three-quarters of the way there. That’s right; the Challenge has brought together more than 1,100 animal shelters to save 750,000 cats already – which […]

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The stray-hold debate for cats: One shelter director’s perspective

February 28, 2017

In a recent discussion on the Million Cat Challenge YahooGroup prompted by questions from Challenge co-founder Dr. Julie Levy, Sue Cosby-Jennings, former executive director of the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia, shared her experience with stray holds. Her focus was on their impact on cats in her large, open admission shelter that had limited […]

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Million Cat Canada: Early bird registration ends Feb. 18 for the National Animal Welfare Conference!

February 21, 2017

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS/FSCAA) will be presenting their National Animal Welfare Conference April 8-11. It’s the largest animal welfare conference in Canada, and it will have Million Cat initiatives on the agenda. But early bird registration ends on Feb. 28, so don’t wait to register! On April 11, CFHS/FSCAA will be presenting […]

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Making the decision on whether or not to return a cat to field

February 9, 2017

Is there one best outcome for every cat who comes into a shelter? Should every single cat, or none, be returned to field, no exceptions? Absolutely not, says Holly Sizemore of Best Friends Animal Society in this guest blog post, where she shares guidelines and resources to help you create your shelter’s decision-making process that’s […]

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